[NAFEX] Freeze damage pruning question

dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Fri Apr 27 20:29:51 EDT 2007

You will need to prune any of your fruit trees where the current year's fruit buds will be on previous year's wood.  If you don't promote any new growth for this year, you may be short on buds next year.  

Dennis Norton
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Deb Schneider 
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 12:17 PM
  Subject: [NAFEX] Freeze damage pruning question

  Beginning to see what survived our warm weather then freeze.  The pear trees have dead leaves, but the tips of branches are leafing out.  Cherries and peach look fine, though the crop is for sure gone as they were in bloom when it froze.  The pluot looked totally dead, but it is beginning to leaf out low on the branches.

  Should I do any pruning at this point?   I hate to prune the pears when they are showing some growth, but am worried that the dead leaves below the greening parts might introduce fireblight?  I think it would be alright to prune back the pluots.. anyone have thoughts?

  Also, should I fertilize these damaged plants?

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